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The Great Cities in History

The Great Cities in History

by John Julius Norwich

  • HISTORY
  • 2009
  • HARD COVER
  • 304 PAGES

This inspired book depicts the rise and fall of cities from earliest Mesopotamia through the great trading centers of the first millennium to medieval Europe and the modern megalopolis. Each entry is magnificently illustrated in color and is paired with an essay by diverse dignitaries including Jan Morris (New York), Colin Thubron (Samarkand), Simon Schama (Amsterdam) and Michael Coe (Angkor). (WLD171, $45.00)

Absolute Monarchs, A History of the Papacy

Absolute Monarchs, A History of the Papacy

by John J Norwich

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 512 PAGES

A natural storyteller matched with a brilliant subject, Norwich chronicles with obvious delight the politics, personalities and power across two millennia of riveting ecclesiastical history. (ITA347, $20.00)

The Innocence of Objects

The Innocence of Objects

by Orhan Pamuk

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 264 PAGES

Pamuk combines old movie stills, photographs of mundane objects, family portraits and other ephemera of everyday life in this illustrated portrait of his beloved Istanbul. (TKY267, $35.00)

The World's Best Cities, Celebrating 220 Great Destinations

The World's Best Cities, Celebrating 220 Great Destinations

by National Geographic Society

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 336 PAGES

The 21st century has been dubbed the "Century of the City," a time when more people live in cities than the countryside. In commemoration, National Geographic has published a splendid, large-format guide to 225 of the world's most exciting cities, from well-known hubs like New York and Tokyo to up-and-comers like Oslo, Asheville and Abu Dhabi. (WLD270, $40.00)

Rome

Rome

by Robert Hughes

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 512 PAGES

Opening with his arrival in Rome in 1958 as a wide-eyed young Australian, Hughes takes in the art, architecture, sculpture and life of Rome, past and present, in this splendidly written, sweeping tale of the beloved city, including memorable portraits of characters from Caesar to Cicero, Mussolini and Fellini. (ITA267, $18.95)

Paris to the Past, Traveling Through French History by Train

Paris to the Past, Traveling Through French History by Train

by Ina Caro

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

The infectiously enthusiastic Ina Caro charts 25 day trips from Paris in this marvelously conceived history and guide. From the splendor of Chartres, wonders of Sainte-Chapelle and elegant Place de la Concorde, Caro enchants. (FRN953, $17.95)

Jerusalem, The Biography

Jerusalem, The Biography

by Simon Sebag Montefiore

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 650 PAGES

Montefiore's masterful history of the Holy City focuses on the struggle between the Abrahamic religions and the place of prophets and patriarchs -- including Abraham, David, Jesus and Muhammad -- with grace and balance, tracing the story of Jerusalem through the lives of men and women. (ISR99, $20.00)

 
A History of the World in 12 Maps

A History of the World in 12 Maps


by Jerry Brotton

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 544 PAGES

Culling maps from classical Greece, Renaissance Europe and both Islamic and Buddhist cultures, Brotton reveals how maps have dramatically altered our view of the world. (MAP38, $22.00)

Amsterdam, A History of the World's Most Liberal City

Amsterdam, A History of the World's Most Liberal City


by Russell Shorto

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

Russell Shorto opens this delightful ode to an adopted city with his daily journey, by bike of course, through his neighborhood to drop off his toddler son. He spins a tale of a diverse city wrestled from the sea, its coffee shops, canals and its personalities and politics, with panache. (NTH143, $17.00)

Cities of the World

Cities of the World


by George Braun

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 501 PAGES

This dazzling portrait of the 16th-century world is a sumptuous reprint of the 363 stunning color plates from Braun and Hogenberg's survey of town maps, city views, and plans of Europe, Africa, Asia and Central America, first published in Cologne in 1572-1617. With dozens of unusual details, two folding maps, as well as selected extracts from the original text and an in-depth commentary. (WLD194, $200.00)

Cities That Shaped the Ancient World

Cities That Shaped the Ancient World


by John Julius Norwich

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 240 PAGES

In this fascinating historical exploration, renowned historian J.J. Norwich profiles 40 important urban centers of the ancient world, from China and Mesoamerica to Europe and Ethiopia. (WLD262, $40.00)

The Cairo of Naguib Mahfouz

The Cairo of Naguib Mahfouz


by Naguib Mahfouz

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2012
  • HARD COVER
  • 112 PAGES

Around the old city in the footsteps of the Nobel laureate. Photographer Britta Le Va and Mafouz's lifelong friend Gamal al-Ghitani warmly depict Gamaliya, the neighborhood at the historic heart of old Cairo, in this photographic walking tour and tribute to the great Egyptian novelist. With excerpts from his works and 80 color photographs. (EGY401, $29.95)

The Cities Book, A Journey Through The Best Cities In The World

The Cities Book, A Journey Through The Best Cities In The World


by Lonely Planet Publications

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 888 PAGES

An eclectic roundup of 200 cities from London, Paris and New York to Bamako, Chiang Mai, and Nuuk. (WLD83, $24.99)

The Taste of Conquest, The Rise and Fall of the Three Great Cities of Spice

The Taste of Conquest, The Rise and Fall of the Three Great Cities of Spice


by Michael Krondl

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

Weaving travel and history, Michael Krondl writes of a world where pepper, cinnamon and cloves were as valuable as gold -- and Venice, Lisbon and Amsterdam jockeyed for global control of the spice trade. (EUR279, $16.00)

Cities of the World, A History in Maps

Cities of the World, A History in Maps


by Peter Whitfield

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2010
  • HARD COVER
  • 208 PAGES

Peter Whitfield's exquisitely illustrated and gift-worthy A-to-Z deftly illuminates the development of great cities from Amsterdam and Cuzco to New York and Venice through stunning maps, plans and paintings from the British Library, where he is a curator. (MAP21, $58.95)

Sites of Antiquity, From Ancient Egypt to the Fall of Rome

Sites of Antiquity, From Ancient Egypt to the Fall of Rome


by Charles Freeman

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2009
  • HARD COVER
  • 248 PAGES

Enticing aerial shots, detailed site plans, glorious modern photographs and illustrations illuminate 50 key monuments, cities or sites of the Mediterranean world, from Giza, Luxor and Karnak to the Parthenon, Ephesus, Pergamon, Petra and Constantinople. (MED150, $50.00)

St. Petersburg, Architecture of the Tsars

St. Petersburg, Architecture of the Tsars


by Dmitri Shvidkovsky | Alexander Orloff

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1996
  • HARD COVER
  • 360 PAGES

This definitive book presents Baroque masterpieces of Peter the Great, Neoclassic confections of Catherine the Great and Art Nouveau glitter of Nicholas II in splendid color photographs. (RUS152, $95.00)

Venice 697-1797: A City, a Republic, an Empire

Venice 697-1797: A City, a Republic, an Empire


by Aluise Zorzi

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2002
  • HARD COVER
  • 303 PAGES

Zorzi reveals the growth of Venice from a small fishing village to a bustling metropolis whose cultural, political and economic dominance extended over the entire Mediterranean world with this sumptuous collection of 340 color paintings, photographs and drawings. (MED186, $75.00)

World Heritage Sites

World Heritage Sites


by UNESCO Publishing

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 932 PAGES

How many have you visited? This beautifully illustrated compendium, just revised, includes color photographs, a map and succinct descriptions of each of the 1,031 archaeological sites, monuments, cities and parks inscribed by UNESCO from 1978 to 2016. Organized by order of inscription. (CON53, $29.95)

Constantinople

Constantinople


by Edmondo De Amicis | Stephen Parkin

  • LITERATURE
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

Originally published in 1877, Edmondo De Amicis' entertaining sketches of the people, architecture, daily life and customs of the city show all the freshness of a young writer's first impressions of a great city. (TKY102, $16.95)

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